Friday, September 14, 2007

This Week's Shameless Budgeteer Plug: Duluth Becomes 'The Official Home of Minnesota Nice' and Our Symphony Turns 76!

What a weekend: Brenda Weiler, Atmosphere (with Grayskul) and ...

"New Business Markets 'Minnesota Nice'" -- Gary and Judy Gordon, with friend Rose Miller, are promising "Nice Clothes for Nice Folks" to Duluthians, Minnesotans, Americans and ... the world. Responding in kind, Mayor Herb Bergson will proclaim Duluth "The Official Home of Minnesota Nice" at 2 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Miller Hill Mall Deco Bay (which Miller runs).

"DSSO Prepares for Next 75 Years" -- Defying all personal expectations, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra's executive director, Andrew Berryhill, was easy to talk to (read: he didn't make me feel small for knowing next to nothing about the music he's dedicated his whole life to*) -- even throwing in a genuinely funny joke or two!

*Besides that pivotal scene at Royal Albert Hall in Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 version of the "The Man Who Knew Too Much" -- but I don't think that really counts ... for anything.

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